Is my battery bad or just not charging?
So I haven’t turned on my MacBook Air in a while and I was expecting to encounter SOME issues, so when it wouldn’t turn on at first, I wasn’t surprised.
It stayed that way when I plugged it in and I didn’t get any orange light to indicate on the MagSafe charger. I opened it up and took a look. Disconnected and reconnected everything and closed it back up. Tried resetting the SMC - nothing.
Then I plug it in and decide to just let it go for a while. “Maybe I’ll get lucky I think as I walk away.” And then I heard the chime.
I turn around and sure enough it’s turning on. But it says 1% then 0% once I’ve logged in. The battery isn’t charging, but the MagSafe is keeping the system on. That’s weird. So I check the battery and get this from CoconutBattery:
- Current Charge - 0 mAh
- Full Charge Capacity - 3101 mAh
- Design Capacity - 4680 mAh
- Cycle Count - 79 (!!!)
- macOS Battery Status - Poor
- Battery Temp - 21.8°
- Charging with - 0 Watts
- Power adapter - Connected
So it looks like it’s registering the MagSafe power adapter, but the adapter won’t charge the battery… But also the battery doesn’t seem “dead” because it shows that there’s a 3101 mAh capacity right now that it’s just not recharging.
Is it possible I disconnected something while I was in there and I just need to open it back up?
Based on everything I’m seeing it should be working, no?
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To be clear the MagSafe charger LED is not lit at all? IF lit what is the color Amber or Green? Bright or very dim?
Review this Apple T/N Apple Portables: Troubleshooting MagSafe adapters Lets make sure the charger its self is in good shape.
Is this the original charger that came with your system? Its possible a fake charger damaged your system How to Spot A Fake Macbook Magsafe Charger
Hi Dan! The charger was not lit originally, but now it is a bright green (I think maybe it was just cold?) - evenso, Coconut says no charge is happening.
Tried "zapping the PRAM" and resetting the SMC, but it doesn't seem to click with the charger that the battery is not at full charge.
The charger is the original, so no fakes here. And according to Coconut it's showing the charger is 45 KW, but just not charging the battery. I'll check out that page though.
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@danj I added the snapshot of Coconut and I also found my longer thick extension cable to attach to the power brick. Same results. Power is making it because it can turn on, the battery just won't charge despite saying it has the ability/depth to do so. :\